Mark Reichardt's blog

Information Sharing and Safeguarding – Collaboration is the Key

When it comes to advancing information sharing and interoperability within and between organizations, jurisdictions, and geographies, collaboration across the public and private sectors is relied upon to help provide answers through a combination of technology, best practices and standards. Professional associations and standards development organizations (SDOs) are continually finding ways to reach across their mission boundaries to drive coordinated outcomes that benefit users nationally and internationally.  While the alliance

Remembering Cliff Kottman

As we celebrate OGC’s 20 year anniversary, with great sadness we learned that Cliff Kottman passed on Wednesday 26 March 2014 after a long illness. Cliff was brilliant, creative, deeply analytic and just as wise and sensitive to others as he was smart. He was a great teacher. Even before the OGC came into existence, he contributed to the development of the OGC vision, and he had the ability to put the rather complex vision of geospatial interoperability in easy to understand terms.  Those who remember Cliff may recall his many white papers on the subject and his famous

Report from the OGC Technical Committee in Abu Dhabi, UAE Ministry of Interior, UN GGIM

Earlier this year, the OGC held its first Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings in the Middle East. With patronage by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister of Interior, the meeting was hosted by the GIS Center for Security, Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior. We were honored to have good representation from OGC international members and guests, with many attendees from the UAE and other nations from the region representing industry, government, NGO and academic organizations.   During the week, 21 working

We thank our South Korean hosts for our recent successful meetings in Seoul

Recently, the OGC convened its 82nd Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings in Seoul, South Korea.  These meetings were hosted by an OGC member, the Ministry of Land Transport and Maritime Affairs, and were held in conjunction with the annual Smart Geospatial Expo at the magnificent COEX center.  This merger of events afforded OGC members from over 71 organizations worldwide opportunities to participate in OGC committee and working group meetings, as well as to interact with hundreds of attendees of the Smart Geospatial Expo. This was also an opportunity for OGC

David Wesloh Receives 2012 Gardels Award

Once each year, the OGC awards its highest honor, the Gardels Award, to an OGC member who has “made exemplary contributions to the OGC's consensus standards process”.  I had the pleasure of delivering the 2012 Gardels Award to Mr. David Wesloh of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for his exemplary service to the Consortium in addressing interoperability issues on behalf of his agency and the broader defense and intelligence community. The impacts of his contribution indeed extend well beyond his community of interest. His

David Schell, OGC founder, honored with "Making a Difference" Award

David Schell, who founded the OGC and who was for many years the OGC's president, CEO and chairman, was presented with a “Making a Difference” Award by Jack Dangermond, Esri's president, last week at the Esri Federal GIS Conference. Dangermond opened the conference by presenting the award.